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Jan 4, 2018 Image courtesy NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell
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On May 19th, 2005, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view of the Sun sinking below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover’s 489th Martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol’s data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset. This small panorama of the western sky was obtained using Pancam’s 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and...
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Topics: What -- Mars Exploration Rover (MER), What -- Spirit, What -- Sun, What -- Crater, What -- Mars,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17213
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Dec 3, 2013 Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Winter snow and fog hang over the state of Washington in this Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) image, taken by the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite on February 12, 2004. In the true-color image, the snow is a brilliant white, clinging to the peaks of the Cascade Mountains. The fog is a duller white, hovering over the desert plain east of the...
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Topics: What -- Columbia, Where -- Washington, Where -- Canada, Where -- Oregon, Where -- California, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6912
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Apr 12, 2013 NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the
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Like the freshly raked white sand of a well-tended Japanese garden, rows of clouds stream over the Bering Sea from the edge of the sea ice. Called cloud streets, these cumulus clouds form when cold air from the ice blows over the open ocean, chilling the moist air. As the temperature drops, water freezes into tiny clouds, which are arranged in neat rows in line with the powerful sweep of the wind. Though some clouds form over the cracking sea ice on the right side of the image, most are over...
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Topics: Where -- Bering Sea, Where -- Alaska, Where -- Russia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17443
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Mar 22, 2013 Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image clearly shows the division between the Pacific Northwest´s lush, forested western coast and its arid eastern plains. The dividing line is the rugged Cascade Mountain Range, the crowning jewel of which is the snow-capped Mount Rainier. At 4,392 meters in elevation, Mount Rainier's volcanic peak towers 1.5 miles...
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Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Washington, Where -- Oregon, Where -- Idaho, Where -- Montana, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5888
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Dec 9, 2012 Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Vibrant late-spring green and winter white contrast sharply in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from June 13, 2002 of the Pacific Northwest region of North America. At top is the Canadian province of British Columbia, with the snow-covered Coast Ranges (west) and Rocky Mountains (east) reaching down into (left to right) Washington, Idaho, and...
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Topics: What -- Columbia, Where -- Washington, Where -- Idaho, Where -- Montana, Where -- Oregon, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3080
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Dec 9, 2012 Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These Moderate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Images from June 14 and 16, 2002, show Banks Island (upper left) and Victoria Island (to the southeast) in the Arctic Ocean off northwest Canada. Left of center in each image is Amundsen Gulf, looking bright blue as this arm of the Beaufort Sea (at the southern end of the Arctic Ocean) begins to thaw. At the bottom of the images, the tundra of the Northwest Territories (left) and the Nunavut (right) Provinces of Canada is beginning to lose its...
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Topics: Where -- Victoria, Where -- Arctic Ocean, Where -- Canada, Where -- Amundsen Gulf, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3342
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Sep 4, 2010 Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These images from the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) show the high, arid, Tibetan Plateau in Asia. Tibet lies north of the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal. The Plateau is dotted with a mixture of fresh and salt water lakes. For example, the two lakes in the left-center portion of the image near the Nepal-China border are fresh water, while the large lakes in the cluster...
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Topics: Where -- Nepal, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4806
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Dec 17, 2009 Image courtesy
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With winds that constantly whip dust across high plains, a nomadic population that mostly lives in felt tents, and a local cuisine that consists of fermented goat milk and stewed meats, Mongolia is not a place for the pampered. This true-color image of Mongolia was acquired on March 27, 2000, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA’s <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/">Terra</a> spacecraft. Most of the 2.3 million...
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Topics: Where -- Mongolia, Where -- Russia, Where -- Michigan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1843
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- Data courtesy Bruce Wielicki and Takmeng Wong, and the CERES Science Team at NASA Langley Research Center; Images courtesy Tom Bridgman, NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio.
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CERES measured the thermal energy or heat emitted from the United States, as shown in this image from May 2001. The record-setting high temperatures experienced in Southern California and Nevada on May 9 are visible in the yellow areas where great amounts of thermal energy are escaping to space. This example illustrates one of the most basic stabilizing forces in the Earth's climate system: clear hot regions lose more energy to space than cold areas. The blue regions of low thermal emission...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- United States of America, Where -- California, Where -- Nevada, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1821
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- Image by Jesse Allen, based on data from the at NASA-GSFC
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Tropical Storm Gustav is hovering off the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from September 9, 2002. The image was acquired by the MODIS instrument on the Aqua satellite. Gustav kicked up heavy surf along the North Carolina coast and brought heavy rains to the region, but did not make landfall. Instead, the storm...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Georgia, Where -- North Carolina, Where -- Maine
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18036
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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These MODIS images from April 2, 2002, and April 20 show fires burning in the southern African countries of Zambia (top), Zimbabwe (right, April 20), and In the Okavango River Delta in Botswana (lower left). Lake Kariba lies along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 4/2/02. Data End Date: 4/2/02.
Topics: Where -- Zambia, Where -- Zimbabwe, Where -- Botswana
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3827
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- Image courtesy Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory Rapid Response Team
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On June 21, 2002, the Rodeo and Chediski Fires in east-central Arizona were still two separate fires. This true-color scene from the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus aboard the Landsat 7 satellite shows the massive quantities of smoke streaming northward from the fires, which are burning about 100 miles east-northeast of Phoenix. The smaller Chediski Fire is on the left, and the Rodeo Fire is on the right. Over the weekend of June 22, the two fires merged into a single 300,000+ acre...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Phoenix, Where -- Arizona
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2959
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Tropical Storm Beta was approaching Central America when this image was acquired on October 27, 2005. Beta is the 23rd named storm in the Caribbean during the 2005 hurricane season. The first 21 storms were given names that started with the letters of the Roman alphabet, “A” through “W”. By convention, “Q”, “U”, “X”, “Y”, and “Z” are not used; instead, additional names are taken from the Greek alphabet. The 22nd storm was named “Alpha”, while the next storms will...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=8263
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- Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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The weather over the eastern Bering Sea remained clear as can be seen in this SeaWiFS image which depcits a large bloom area of bright, milky water. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 9/17/00.
Topic: Where -- Bering Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1079
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- Images produced by Hal Pierce (SSAI/NASA GSFC) and caption by Steve Lang (SSAI/NASA GSFC).
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Typhoon Chanchu (known as Caloy in the Philippines) brought strong winds and heavy rains to the central Philippines as the storm passed through the mid-section of the country. Though not a particularly powerful storm, Chanchu was responsible for 8 reported deaths as of May 14, 2006, six of which occurred when a boat capsized while traveling between islands, according to news reports. Chanchu became a tropical depression on May 9, 2006, east of Mindanao, the largest island in the southern...
Topics: What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), What -- Imager, Where -- Philippines
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=20678
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team
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Although Tropical Storm Barry was downgraded to a tropical depression today (August 6, 2001), the threat of flooding and tornados is still hanging over the southeastern United States. This image, acquired by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s <a href="/cgi-bin/redirect?http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite, shows Barry stretching out over the Gulf of Mexico on August 5, 2001, the eye of the storm...
Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- Gulf of Mexico, Where -- Florida, Where -- Georgia,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1933
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- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Just south of the image of the Democratic Republic of Congo acquired on May 9, 2002, this image of Angola (left) and Zambia (right) show that fires are burning over a wide area of central and southern Africa this May. Smoke that was visible in an image of the region on <a HREF="http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2002129-0509/Zambia.A2002129.0855.1km.jpg" target="outlink">May 9, 2002,</a> (bottom right) had cleared up by the time of this...
Topics: Where -- Angola, Where -- Zambia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17756
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team
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Fire season is underway in the northwestern United States as more than 21,000 firefighters have been mobilized to battle 42 major wildfires that have consumed over half a million acres (as of August 16, 2001) across the region. Weather conditions remain hot and dry as winds ranging from 15 to 35 miles per hour spread the flames.NASA's <a href="/cgi-bin/redirect?http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Terra</a> satellite passed over Oregon,...
Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- Oregon, Where -- California, Where -- Nevada
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1969
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- Image courtesy Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory Rapid Response Team
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On June 21, 2002, the Rodeo and Chediski Fires in east-central Arizona were still two separate fires. This true-color scene from the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus aboard the Landsat 7 satellite shows the massive quantities of smoke streaming northward from the fires, which are burning about 100 miles east-northeast of Phoenix. The smaller Chediski Fire is on the left, and the Rodeo Fire is on the right. Over the weekend of June 22, the two fires merged into a single 300,000+ acre...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Phoenix, Where -- Arizona
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17850
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- Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA-GSFC
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Fires burning in the Central Mountains of the Dominican Republic since mid-March have scorched as much 247,105 acres (1,000 square kilometers) in the Jose del Carmen Ramirez National Park. According to a news release from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), three months of drought led to the devasating fires. The fires have produced no human casualties, but drinking water and coffee crops have been compromised. In the mountainous terrain, loss of ground cover has increased...
Topics: Where -- Dominican Republic, Where -- Haiti
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19929
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The flames of the Cedar Fire engulfed the mountain city of Alpine, in Southern California. The fire consumed the trees and brush surrounding the city, and in some places, entire neighborhoods burned. The extent of the fire is clear in these Ikonos images taken on November 8, 2003. The top image, in true-color, shows blackened land completely surrounding Alpine’s suburban neighborhoods. The bottom image shows the same scene in false color. Here, living vegetation is red, while burned areas...
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18998
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Black Sea in eastern Russia is experiencing an ongoing phytoplankton bloom. This image, the most recent in a series that began in early may, shows the waters to be even more colorful than before. part of the increased brightness may be due to the presence of sun glint , especially in the center of the sea. However, more organisms appear to be present as well, their photosynthetic pigments reflecting different wavelengths of light.This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS)...
Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Russia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3751
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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A tan fan of sediment spreads from the mouth of the Yangtze River into the East China Sea in this <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image taken on April 4, 2004, by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Sprawling cement-colored spots are cities in this densely-populated region of China....
Topics: Where -- East China Sea, Where -- China, Where -- Shanghai
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6521
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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In Western Australia (left) and Northern Territory, numerous fires were burning on from May 2002 into June and early July. In the high-resolution imagery, several large burn scars are evident near many of the fires. These fires are burning in the tropical savanna regions of northern Australia, and come each year during the dry season. Fires occur for various reasons, including those set on purpose for agricultural purposes, those set to clear land of invasive plants, and those set to reduce...
Topics: What -- High Resolution Imager, Where -- Australia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3736
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- NASA image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at Goddard Space Flight Center
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The MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of Hurricane Frances on September 3, 2004, at 2:24 p.m. EDT (18:24 UTC). At the time this image was acquired, Frances was wreaking havoc in the Bahamas with sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (115 mph) and a storm surge between 1.8 to 4.3 meters (6 to 14 feet) on the west side of Eleuthera Island. Classified as a Category 3 storm, Frances was moving towards the west-northwest at 14 kilometers per hour (9...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- Bahamas, Where -- Florida
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16929
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Great cracks have form jagged lines in the smooth, white sea ice in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska. Black lanes of open water run through the ice, particularly close to land. On land, the North Slope of Alaska is a smooth white field of snow, and to its south, the rocky crags of Brooks Range wrinkle the landscape. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a...
Topics: Where -- White Sea, Where -- Beaufort Sea, Where -- Alaska
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6326
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- Image provided by the at Johnson Space Center (JSC). Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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A dengue fever outbreak has plagued Rio de Janeiro since January 2002. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease. The elimination of standing water, which is a breeding ground for the mosquitoes, is a primary defense against mosquito-borne diseases like dengue. Removing such water remains a difficult problem in many urban regions.The International Space Station astronauts took this image <a...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- Rio de Janeiro
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16055
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- Image courtesy NASA/JPL/NIMA
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The Bosporus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara in the center of this view of northwest Turkey, taken during the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/" target="outlink">(SRTM).</a> The water of the Black Sea at the top of the image and Sea of Marmara below the center are colored blue in this image, along with several large lakes. The largest lake, to the lower right of the Sea of...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, Where -- Black Sea, Where -- Turkey, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16065
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The Earth’s solid surface floats on a layer of softer rock as a collection of interlocking, movable puzzle pieces called tectonic plates. At 7:58 a.m. (local time), on December 26, 2004, beneath the Indian Ocean west of Sumatra, Indonesia, pent-up energy from the compressional forces of one tectonic plate grinding under another found a weak spot in the overlying rock. The rock was thrust upward, and the Earth shook as a 9.0 magnitude earthquake sent its vibrations out into the ocean. Tsunamis...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS), What -- FAST, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17044
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- Image courtesy the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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The Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS) captured this true-color view of a dust cloud (brownish pixels) over the Great Australian Bight on February 25, 2002. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 2/25/02.
Topic: Where -- Great Australian Bight
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2517
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- Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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On February 2, 2003, the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellite detected fires (red dots) still burning in southeast Australia. A shroud of smoke hangs over Victoria and stretches out over the Bass Strait. These fires have been burning for about one month....
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Victoria, Where -- Bass Strait
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18293
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- Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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A possible dust storm is visible north of Abilene, Texas and westward along Interstate 20 in this SeaWiFS image. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 1/3/00.
Topic: Where -- Texas
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=966
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- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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On the western and eastern margins of Mexico two branches of the Sierra Madre Mountains trap most of the rainfall in Mexico, leaving the interior high plains, called the altiplano, very dry. In this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) from January 16, 2003, scattered fires were burning across the region, and are marked with red dots. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4747
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- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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On Saturday, November 2, 2002, Mt. Etna’s thick, yellowish-brown plume continued to billow from the mountain. This true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image shows two thermal detections as well (red dots). Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 11/2/02. Data End Date: 11/2/02.
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4251
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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A combination of heavy rains and melting snow filled the Red River in northeastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. The <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite captured these images of the flooding on April 4 and April 6, 2004. The flooding is more...
Topics: Where -- North Dakota, Where -- Minnesota
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6549
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- Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch as part of the Earth as Art II image series
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Mimicking a cubist collage, linear windbreaks of densely planted trees surround farmsteads in this winter landscape near the city of Komsomolets in Northern Kazakhstan.This image was acquired by <a HREF="http://landsat7.usgs.gov/">Landsat 7’s</a> Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) sensor.
Topic: Where -- Kazakhstan
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16825
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- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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A long line of Sahara dust swept across Mali, Mauritania, and Western Sahara and out over the Canary Islands on March 3, 2004. The dust appears to have originated in Algeria. Winter and spring dust storms are common in Western Africa when the sirocco winds, hot, dry, dust-laden winds, blow north and northwest out of the Sahara desert. This image was taken by the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Later on the...
Topics: Where -- Mali, Where -- Mauritania, Where -- Algeria
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=19138
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Heavy smoke blankets Myanmar (center), Thailand (lower right), Laos (right), and western China (upper right) in this MODSI image from April 10, 2002. Numerous agricultural and wildfires (red dots) are responsible for the smoke, which is creating a severe health hazard in the area. Left of center, sun glints of the Gulf of Martaban. Sensor: Terra/MODIS. Data Start Date: 4/10/02. Data End Date: 4/10/02.
Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- Myanmar, Where -- Thailand, Where -- Laos, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3155
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- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA/GSFC
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This MODIS true-color image shows a relatively cloud-free view of Portugal (westernmost country outlined) and Spain. At the top right of the image, the Pyrenees Mountains separate Spain from France. They appear to be still holding snow at higher elevations. In the bottom center of the image, you can see the Strait of Gibraltar, which is a channel between the Mediterranean Sea to the right, and the North Atlantic, to the left. The tip of Morocco can be seen on the southern side of the Strait....
Topics: Where -- Portugal, Where -- Spain, Where -- France, Where -- Gibraltar, Where -- Mediterranean Sea,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2087
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- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The last day of 2003 was completely cloudless for the mid-Atlantic states of the United States, giving the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (<a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">MODIS</a>) on NASA’s <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/">Aqua</a> satellite a remarkably clear view of the region. Only a light dusting of snow covers the Appalachian Mountains in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia. In the...
Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- Pennsylvania, Where -- Maryland, Where -- West...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6883
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- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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This relatively clear scene over Brazil reveals the widespread deforestation taking place where the Xingu River flows into the Mato Grosso region in the country?s midwest. The dark green areas show pristine forest canopy, while the light green and brownish areas show where the forest has been cleared. Red dots show the locations of actively burning fires.This true-color image was acquired by the <a href="http://modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/"...
Topic: Where -- Brazil
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17714
NASA Images
- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Biomass burning appeared to be increasing across Southeast Asia as February turned over to March. This image from the <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite shows widespread burning across the region on March 2, 2004, with active fire detections marked...
Topics: Where -- The Valley, Where -- Thailand, Where -- Laos, Where -- Myanmar, Where -- Cambodia, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6304
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Canada’s eastern provinces glow brilliantly green in this true-color Terra MODIS image acquired August 23, 2002. The biggest province in the image is Quebec, home to Lac St-Jean (top center) and the St. Lawrence Bay (upper right). At the innermost point of the St. Lawrence is the city of Quebec, which appears as a gray splotch against the deeper green of the surrounding vegetation. Connected to the St. Lawrence Bay is the St. Lawrence Seaway, which passes the city of Montreal (lower left...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Montreal, Where -- United States of America, Where -- New Hampshire, Where...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4222
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Lake Chad, shown at the top-center of this true-color <a href="http://modarch.gsfc.nasa.gov/"> MODIS</a> image acquired on October 21, 2001, is but a fraction of what it once was. The lake, surrounded by wetlands, has been taxed heavily as a source for numerous irrigation projects, and is subject to an arid climate that has endured a dramatic decrease in rainfall over the past forty years. The green and brown rippled area to the north and northwest of the...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Chad, Where -- Cameroon, Where -- Nigeria, Where -- Niger
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2187
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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During the summer of 2002, frequent, heavy rains have given rise to floods and landslides throughout China that have killed over 1,000 people and affected millions. These true- and false-color images of the western Yangtze River and Dongting Lake in central China were acquired In July and August 2002, by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASA—s Terra spacecraft.The latest flooding crisis in China centers on Dongting Lake in the lower left of the image....
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- China
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3630
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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In September and early November 2002, the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) on the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> and <a HREF="http://aqua.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Aqua</a> satellites captured these true- and false-color images of eastern South...
Topics: Where -- South Africa, Where -- Lesotho, Where -- Swaziland, Where -- Mozambique
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4423
NASA Images
- Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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This recent SeaWiFS image shows smoke from fires in northern California. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 9/16/99.
Topic: Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1128
NASA Images
- Image courtesy Landsat 7 project
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More than a decade ago a large iceberg (over a thousand square miles in area, and a quarter of a mile thick) broke off an Antarctic glacier and drifted into the Southern Ocean. The National Iceberg Center, which monitors sea ice in shipping lanes, christened the giant B10 in 1992. In 1995 B10 split into two pieces. Amazingly, the larger piece (B10A) was still the size of Rhode Island. By the summer of 1999 it had moved out of the isolated waters around Antarctica and near the Drake Passage,...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- RadarSat, Where -- Rhode Island
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=128
NASA Images
- Image ISS01E6765 was provided by the by the Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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Dhaulagiri, seventh-highest peak in the world (26,794 ft/8167 m), dominates the skyline in this image taken by the Expedition 1 crew from the International Space Station using a high-magnification lens. Although it looks like a view from a high-altitude airplane, the photograph was taken out of the window of the Space Station from an orbital altitude of 200 nautical miles (370 km). The view is southeastward across the southern Tibetan Plateau of China, to the Dhaulagiri Range of the Himalayas...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), Where -- China, Where -- Nepal, Where -- Indian Ocean
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1717
NASA Images
- Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, Text by Clare Averill (Acro Service Corporation/JPL).
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<font size="-2" face="helvetica, arial, sans"><a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/PIA03736_browse.jpg">browse image</a> for orbit 15679</font>Lake Eyre is a large salt lake situated between two deserts in one of Australia’s driest regions. However, this low-lying lake attracts run-off from one of the largest inland drainage systems in the world. The drainage basin is very responsive to rainfall variations,...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Terra, Where -- Australia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16290
NASA Images
- Image Courtesy NASA/JPL/NIMA
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Mount Kilimanjaro (Kilima Njaro or “shining mountain” in Swahili), the highest point in Africa, reaches 5,895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level, tall enough to maintain a permanent snow cap despite being just 330 kilometers (210 miles) south of the equator. It is the tallest free-standing mountain on the Earth’s land surface, rising about 4,600 meters (15,000 feet) above the surrounding plain. Kilimanjaro is a triple volcano (has three peaks) that last erupted perhaps more than 100,000...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 7, What -- Space Shuttle...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3611
NASA Images
- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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The Terra MODIS instrument captured this true-color image of snowcovering the mountain ranges of (clockwise from top left) Austria, Slovakia, theUkraine, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Yugoslavia,Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia. The two major ranges shown are theTransylvanian Alps in Romania and the Balkan Mountains in Bulgaria.On the bottomleft is the Adriatic Sea, and just visible at the bottom center is the AdriaticSea. Across the Adriatic is the Italian...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Austria, Where -- Slovakia, Where -- Hungary, Where -- Romania, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4571
NASA Images
- Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center ,
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Natural sources of carbon monoxide are emissions associated with vegetation and fires started by lightning. Human sources include industrial activity and burning of tropical forests. These are illustrated in this plot, where there is more carbon monoxide in the Northern Hemisphere, associated with more industrial activity, than in the Southern Hemisphere. High values are seen over industrial areas—North America, Europe, and Southeastern Asia. Sensor: Terra/MOPITT.
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=104
NASA Images
- Image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, NASA GSFC
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Tropical Cyclone Inigo is bearing down on the coast of northwest Australia in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on April 6, 2003. At the time this image was taken winds were around 100 knots (115 mph), down from their...
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Timor Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18463
NASA Images
- Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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Near the center of the SeaWiFS image lies a region whose greenness is in stark contrast to the surrounding landscape. This site comprises the more or less contiguous floodplain in the middle reaches of the Fortescue River and is a major breeding ground in Western Australia. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 6/13/00.
Topic: Where -- Australia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=697
NASA Images
- Astronaut Photograph was taken with a 760 digital camera and is provided by the Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center. Additional images taken by astronauts and cosmonauts can be viewed at the NASA-JSC
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In one frame International Space Station astronauts were able to capture the evolution of fringing reefs to atolls. As with the Hawaiian Islands, these volcanic hot spot islands become progressively older to the northwest. As these islands move away from their magma sources they erode and subside. The two large islands, Raiatea and Tahaa, share a single fringing reef. The next island to the northwest, Bora-Bora, consists of a highly eroded volcanic remnant with fringing reef. The last island,...
Topics: What -- International Space Station (ISS), What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What -- Destiny, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16363
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Baja California is the central focus of this true-color <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image taken on November 30, 2003, by the <a href="http://aqua.nasa.gov/" target="outlink"> Aqua</a> satellite. The peninsula is about 93 miles wide and extends 808 miles from the Mexico-US border to its southern tip.This sparsely...
Topics: Where -- California, Where -- Gulf of California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=6115
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- Image provided by the Satellite Systems Branch
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Once a vast carpet of healthy vegetation and virgin forest, the Amazon rain forest is changing rapidly. This image of Bolivia shows dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin. Loggers have cut long paths into the forest, while ranchers have cleared large blocks for their herds. Fanning out from these clear-cut areas are settlements built in radial arrangements of fields and farms. Healthy vegetation appears bright red in this image.This scene was acquired by <a...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, Where -- Bolivia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2558
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Broken sea ice covers Antarctica's Bellinghausen Sea in these true-color Terra MODIS image acquired in October and November 2002. (The image from Oct. 18 also shows the Amundesen Sea, to the west.)Snow and ice are so pervasive in this image that the actual land is almost indistinguishable. Close inspection of the image reveals that snow on the land appears raised, has a rougher texture than the sea ice, and appears slightly shadowed. This picture was taken during the height of the year's sea...
Topics: What -- Terra, Where -- Bellingshausen Sea
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3939
NASA Images
- Image by Scientific Visualization Studio, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; data courtesy Landsat Project
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Coral is the ocean's architectural memorial to the lives of deceased coelenterates. The word "coelenterate" refers to the central body cavity found in the creatures. Located in tropical latitudes, the hard structures we know as coral are really the incremental build-ups of calcium carbonate deposited from the skeletal remains of these tiny colonial animals.In many parts of the world coral is threatened from a variety of causes, some natural, some caused by people. By developing a...
Topics: What -- Landsat 7, What -- Earth, What -- Opportunity, Where -- Indonesia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1445
NASA Images
- Image by Robert Simmon, based on IKONOS data provided by through the with help from Denelle Grant and Compton Tucker, NASA GSFC.
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Throughout history, patterns of settlement have followed roads, rivers, and other lines of transportation. The frontiers of the 21st century are no exception. This high-resolution image of Amazonia shows farms cleared from the jungle spreading out on either side of a narrow dirt road. Above and to the right of the river that bisects the image is almost unbroken forest. The river, a tributary of the Amazon, is colored brown by the large amount of sediment it carries, possibly the result of...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=1585
NASA Images
- Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE
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On October 13, 2001, SeaWiFS had this haze-obscured view of Europe. The tan color of the haze over northern France and Germany and up into the North and Baltic seas suggests dust. This dust most likely has its origins in northern Africa (note the tan haze over the Mediterranean to the east of Spain). The more bluish color of the aerosols over Italy's Plain of Lombardy suggests possible human origins. Sensor: OrbView-2/SeaWiFS. Data Start Date: 10/13/01.
Topics: Where -- France, Where -- Germany, Where -- Baltic Sea, Where -- Spain
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=2164
NASA Images
- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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On Wednesday, August 7, 2002, two large Oregon fires merged into a single massive fire of more than 333,000 acres. In southwest Oregon, the Sour Biscuit fire on the Oregon-California state line, and the larger Florence Fire to its north closed the gap between them and created an enormous blaze that retained the name Biscuit Fire. This image of the active fire fronts (red dots) and thick smoke was captured by the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov">Moderate Resolution...
Topics: Where -- Oregon, Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3566
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Bushfires continue in the Northern Territory and Western Australia regions. This image of fires (red dots) was acquired March 30, 2002 by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra satellite.Also visible in the image is the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf (top left), which appears both blue and brown due to the presence of sediment in the water. The sediment is likely leftover from flooding in this area earlier in the month.At the top center of the image is...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Earth, Where -- Australia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3722
NASA Images
- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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A bank of fog has snuggled up to the southern coast of Italy in the Golfo di Taranto (north of center) in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) from the <a HREF="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite on April 30, 2003. To the southwest of Italy is Sicily, where snow stands out on the dark,...
Topic: Where -- Italy
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=5309
NASA Images
- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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Late fall is often a perfect time for controlled or prescribed fires on public lands in the Pacific Northwest. Vegetation growth has slowed and rains and snows have increased, minimizing the danger for out-of-control spreading. Also, the coming winter snowpack means a protective ground covering that reduces erosion. This pair of true- and false-color images from the <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging...
Topics: What -- Terra, What -- Aqua, Where -- Oregon
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4400
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Cirrus are thin, high-altitude clouds that can sometimes be hard to see with the unaided eye. They are scientifically interesting because they allow most incoming sunlight to pass through them, but they help to contain heat emitted from the surface, thereby exerting a warming influence. The <a href="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/">MODIS</a> sensor has a unique band for measuring infrared light at a wavelength of 1.38 micrometers -- a wavelength that scientists...
Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=7433
NASA Images
- Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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This series of Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) images was shows Hurricane Hernan off Baja California. The series begins with an image from Aqua MODIS on September 1, 2002, when the storm was at its peak. Hernan peaked as a Category 5 hurricane with winds of 140 knots (1 knot=1.1 miles per hour). Hernan is the only hurricane so far this season in the Eastern Pacific to reach Category 5 status, out of a total of six hurricanes. Over the next few days, Hernan moved out into...
Topics: What -- Aqua, Where -- California
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=3659
NASA Images
- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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Forest fires have swept through scenic woodlands along the French Riviera on the country’s Mediterranean coastline, killing five people, destroying scenic forests and forcing thousands to evacuate the region. This image shows the Maures hills region along the coast of southeast France on July 28, 2003. A dark brown burn scar is evident to the northeast of the apex of the coastline, which is roughly centered in the image. Left of center (to the east of the lake) is the city of Marseille....
Topics: What -- Apex, Where -- France
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18741
NASA Images
- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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A mixture of snowmelt and ice jams in late May and June of this year caused the Taz River (left) and the Yenisey River (right) in central Siberia to overflow their banks. The flooding can be seen in this image taken on June 11, 2002, by the MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) instrument aboard the <a href="http://terra.nasa.gov/" target="outlink">Terra</a> satellite. Normally, the rivers would resemble thin black lines in MODIS...
Topic: What -- SAGE
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=17843
NASA Images
- Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC
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A broad swath of snow lies across the central United States in this true-color <a HREF="http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov" target="outlink">Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer</a> (MODIS) image from January 14, 2003. The trail leads from Manitoba, Canada, at far upper left into North Dakota and South Dakota, eastward into Minnesota (top) and Iowa (bottom), farther east into Wisconsin (top) and Illinois (bottom), and down into Indiana at bottom...
Topics: Where -- United States of America, Where -- Canada, Where -- North Dakota, Where -- South Dakota,...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=4825
NASA Images
- NASA image by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory; based on data provided by the ASTER Science Team. Glacier retreat boundaries courtesy the
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Many scientists regard receding glaciers as a symptom of global climate change. While certain types of glaciers—such as surge glaciers and tidewater glaciers—are actually expanding, there are many areas where scientists report glaciers are wasting away and that climate change is the culprit. For instance, 150 years ago there were 147 glaciers in Glacier National Park. Today, only 37 glaciers remain, and scientists say they will likely completely melt by the year 2030. Similarly, glaciers...
Topics: What -- Earth, What -- Polar, What -- CONTOUR, Where -- United States of America
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16856
NASA Images
- Image Courtesy NASA/JPL/NIMA and NASA GSFC/USGS
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Los Angeles, Calif., is one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas with a population of about 15 million people. The urban areas mostly cover the coastal plains and lie within the inland valleys. The intervening and adjacent mountains are generally too rugged for much urban development. This is in large part because the mountains are “young,” meaning they are still building (and eroding) in this seismically active (earthquake prone) region.Earthquake faults commonly lie between the...
Topics: What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- SRTM, What -- Landsat 3, What -- Sun, Where --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=16309
NASA Images
- Image courtesy SRTM and Landsat science teams.
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view <a href="/Newsroom/NewImages/Images/PIA03303.jpg">anaglyph</a> (330 KB)On January 26, 2001, the Kachchh region in western India suffered the most deadly earthquake in India's history. This stereoscopic view of landforms northeast of the city of Bhuj depicts geologic structures that are of interest in the study of the tectonic processes that may have led to that earthquake. However, preliminary field studies indicate that these structures are composed...
Topics: What -- SRTM, What -- Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, What -- Space Shuttle Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=15713
NASA Images
- Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, at NASA GSFC
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East of Australia in the Pacific Ocean, Tropical Cyclone Erica plowed into the French island of New Caledonia on March 13, 2003, leaving at least one person dead and many others injured. Erica peaked as a Category 5 cyclone on March 12, and as of March 14 had showed rapid weakening to a Category 1 storm. This image of Erica shows the storm’s eye northwest of New Caledonia on March 13.The high-resolution image provided above is 1 kilometer per pixel. The MODIS Rapid Response System provides...
Topics: Where -- Australia, Where -- Pacific Ocean, Where -- New Caledonia
Source: http://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view_rec.php?id=18382